Please see the list of the winners of the Jaftex 85th anniversary contest. These results were revealed on Saturday at the Quilt Market and I just wanted to make sure everyone saw. Congratulations to all the winners especially the Ivy Thimble Quilt Shop who won 85 bolts. Next year we plan to run a similar contest in honor of our great customers…stay tuned. Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat?
Meet Barbara of South Carolina. Why such a big smile Barbara? Barbara was the lucky first prize winner of the Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop. She won a Janome S5 valued at $1500 and 20 fat quarter bundles from our various companies. Check out that box next to her. It is the real deal! Thank you Janome for donating this super generous prize. This just shows you that it pays to play. Have a great weekend. Hope to see you next week at quilt market!
The 85th Anniversary Blog Hop has come to a close and was a huge success! The projects shared were beyond beautiful. It was such an interesting experiment to see how a simple bundle of fabric could turn into so many unique and impressive pieces. We hope the blog hop left you feeling inspired and eager to create something new with fabric from the Jaftex Family of Companies.
We can’t forget about the massive giveaway that was also part of the blog hop! Before we share the winners, here’s a reminder of everything that is up for grabs.
1st place: Winner receives a beautiful Janome S5, valued at $1500 AND 20 fat quarter bundles! Their favorite local quilt shop receives 30 bolts of fabric.
2nd place: The winner receives an Aurifil thread box valued at $300 AND 15 fat quarter bundles. Their favorite local quilt shop receives 15 bolts of fabric.
3rd place: The winner receives a Schmetz needle anniversary tin filled with needles valued at $75 and thread AND 6 fat quarter bundles. Their favorite local quilt shop receives 6 bolts of fabric.
How were the winners selected? The nifty Gleam widget that listed and verified your entries randomly selected 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. We then verified all the winners’ entries to confirm that they were in fact authentic. I then called the winners to share the good news and we conference called in the favorite quilt shop too. It felt really good to hear how excited all the winners were.
Without further ado, here are the winners followed by a little bit about each of them!
1st Place: Barbara Sokol and her favorite local quilt shop, Annie’s Pretty Pieces in Hartwell, Georgia.
Here’s what Barbara had to say about her win, the blog hop and the quilting community:
“First, you and Jaftex have made my day! My week! My month! Oh, heck, My Year!! A new Janome and lots of fabric — woo hoo!! I am beyond excited.
This all started for me because I have been a fan of Mark Lipinski since I read the first issue of Quilter’s Home, and now, I follow his blog. He announced the 85th Anniversary Blog Hop in such a fun way with a historical look back to 85 years ago complete with pictures, and I was ‘all in’. (In fact, I think your picture is there in that blog post — I went back and looked at it just before writing this to you). It was a lot of fun to discover the blogs of other quilters as, for each day, a new one was featured. There were beautiful fabrics to drool over along with tutorials, fun projects to consider, creative ideas to read about, new books to contemplate, and tons of inspiration. It was something I enjoyed all month, and will for lots of time to come as these prolific writers so generously share with the quilting community. Some of them write so well that you just feel like they are sitting there with you chatting over coffee. Inside many of the blogs, are pictures credited to other quilters with more new ideas, and before I knew it, I had navigated a sweet spider’s web of new sites. (My inbox is full of new blog entries, and it’s lots of fun to see what each new day brings.) It also let me discover new internet shops each with their own personality and focus. I’m drawn to bright colors and crazy prints, but also love the soft and cozy pastels, and the internet connection became a daily, no-calorie, feast!! As a retired IT professional, I’m still amazed at how the computer has made the whole world smaller and so easily accessed — with just a few clicks, I can be anywhere. It’s really important to me because I live in a small town and my favorite quilt shop is 25 miles away in another state!
Sincere and heartfelt thanks to you and everyone at Jaftex who made this possible, and all of the wonderful bloggers who took the time to participate! Over the next few days, I’ll be making the ‘comment’ rounds to thank each and every one of them.”
Barbara’s favorite quilt shop 25 miles away in another state is the lovely shop Annie’s Pretty Pieces. You can visit the shop’s website here: http://www.anniesprettypieces.com/
2nd Place: Pat DeVore and her favorite local quilt shop, Abigayle’s Quiltery in Berea, Ohio.
Share in Pat’s excitement:
“I would like to express my surprise and a big thank you to Jaftex for sponsoring the fun blog hop. I learned about the Blog Hop from a sewing group I belong to, and then I saw the link to it on the Aurifil FB page. I immediately started following the blog posts and learned so much as I visited the various pages. I am interested in developing better quilting skills and I received so much inspiration to attempt to create beautiful quilts like the ones featured in the various blogs.
I had a message from you on Friday telling me I was a winner, and it was hard waiting over the weekend to find out what I had won! Even my husband was excited for me and it was fun to share my excitement with him. I was stunned to find out I was a prize winner–I always enter contests and never win anything! This prize is perfect for me.
I have sewn since I was a teenager many many years ago! I have sewn clothing, home dec items, bags and quilts. I am in awe of beautifully designed and executed quilts and really appreciate all the work that goes into them. I hope to be able to create something equally beautiful!
Once again, a big thank you for sponsoring the Blog Hop and helping me to learn so much. And a huge thank you for choosing my entry as a winner, it is such fun to be part of this celebration!
Pat’s favorite quilt shop is Abigayle’s Quiltery. You can visit her favorite local quilt shop’s website here: http://www.abigayles.com/
3rd. Place: Cathie Scanlon and her local quilt shop, Karen’s Quilt Shop in Seattle, Washington.
Here’s a little bit about Cathie and her experience in quilting:
“I have been sewing since I was a child but only became serious about quilting 3 years ago. I am retired and a SoCal transplant living in the Pacific Northwest. I love learning about quilting and am amazed at how much there is to learn even for someone who has been sewing for as long as I have.
I am very excited to have won a prize in the contest and can’t wait till it is announced and I can share with my family and friends!”
Cathie’s favorite local quilt shop is Karen’s Quilt Shop. You can visit her favorite local quilt shop’s website here: http://karens-quilt-shop.com/
Closing Comments From Me, Scott Fortunoff.
Wow! Awesome! Thank you! Fun! Interesting! Creative! Cool! These are just some of the words that come to my mind when I reflect back on the month long blog hop. WOW to the bloggers for their unbelievable and creative projects. Awesome job writing such thoughtful blogs. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to participate in the blog hop. There is no doubt in my mind that you could have been doing a lot of other things with your free time. Thank you to all the fans for your great interest and participation in this event. Thank you for spreading the word and the fabric love. Thank you to everyone in the Jaftex organization that help to plan this event. I hope everyone had a lot of fun, I know I did. It is so interesting to see how creative our bloggers are and were. Just when I thought I saw it all, someone comes up with an amazingly creative new technique or just completely takes quilting to an entirely new level. That is why I love this industry. Last, but not least, this event was cool and so are all of you. On behalf of everyone in the Fortunoff family, past and present, thank you for celebrating our 85 years in the fabric business. We look forward to the next big anniversaries and hope to welcome in the 5th generation. Thank you, thank you and thank you again! We love you all!
There goes the neighborhood! So this week a Chick-fil-A opened on our block in Manhattan. Our block will never be the same as now people are lined up for hours….to get a chicken sandwich. The line is as long as almost an entire city block. Is this place that good? I will find out someday. Have a great weekend.
THE SEPTEMBER SPECIAL IS BEING EXTENDED
Dear Valued Customer,
The Blank Blog Bonanza has been a huge hit, so the party will continue on. Are you ready for the October special? This special is called The More You Buy The Greater The Discount. Here are the details:
If you buy 10-20 bolts you will get a $.20/yard discount.
- If you buy 21-35 bolts you will get a $.30/yard discount.
- If you buy 36-50 bolts you will get a $.40/yard discount.
- If you buy 51-99 bolts, you will get a $.50/yard discount.
- If you buy 100 bolts or more, you will get a $.75/yard discount.
You can mix and match your orders however you would like. The orders must ship in October for The More You Buy The Greater The Discount to apply or as soon as we can get them shipped. This promo applies to in-stock at once regular priced items only. So place your orders as soon as possible as some stock is limited. You will get the discount based on the total number of bolts on your order even if we are out of one or two of the skus. All of these orders will be considered ship and cancel i.e. no back orders whatsoever.
To those of you who recently placed at once orders prior to October, thank you very much for your business, but we are very sorry that the special can only apply to orders taken in October. Please note that the August special is officially over. We hope you continue to take advantage of the new monthly specials. Thank you for your continued business and partnership with the Blank Quilting Corp.
- A Stitch In Time
- Avery 108″
- Catalina 2 ply flannel
- Chromadots 108″ by Barbara Leonard
- Color Coded
- Crushed by Yolanda Fundora
- Crystalline by Mark Hordyszinski
- Dottie (no white)
- Eclipse solids
- Emma 108″
- Fun With Nature
- Fusion Illusion
- Geo Flow
- Hello Foxy
- Isadora 108″
- Knock on Wood
- Lady Claire
- Morning Mist
- Nature’s Bounty
- Oceans of Fun
- Pawsome Cats
- Primitive Basics by Rhonda Horvath
- Snowscapes by Camilla Cates
- Sumatra Batiks
- Sweet Liberty
- Windsor 108″
To take advantage of this special offer:
- Contact your Blank sales rep to place an order.
- Contact customer service at 800-294-9495 x245 (Renee).
- Place an order on the website at www.blankquilting.com. If you plan on ordering online, please make a note of The More You Buy The Greater The Discount special in the order notes.
If you aren’t registered to buy off the website, you should go through that process as it doesn’t take very long and once you are all set, ordering is really easy. Keep in mind that all the reps will have a bunch of new lines starting the first week of October, so make sure you ask to see those too.
To Volume Discounts!
Your Blank Quilting Sales Team